Peru Women : Violence


In 1993 a law was passed protecting women from domestic violence. Despite this there continue to be problems applying the laws in practice. Figures vary on the numbers of women affected. In August 2002 the official newspaper El Peruano reported that more than half (51%) of women in greater Lima have suffered sexual or physical abuse from their partners. In Cusco the figure is even higher: more than two thirds (68.9%) have been abused. There are reports of police refusing to take formal complaints of domestic violence when there are no external signs of abuse. There are cases where police fail to follow up on complaints they receive, meaning that no protection is provided to the victim. There is a lack of training on the implementation of laws on domestic violence. Few cases of domestic violence go to court and in a high percentage of cases the charges are dropped.